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    Hello there,

    Please help me understand if I know the usage of these words correctly.

    1. Ostentatious: showy.
    - Those who like wearing clothes which subtly shows the brand such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Abercrombie and Fitch are ostentatous.

    2. Retrievable: regain
    - The lost luggage may not be easily retreivable especially ones that got lost internationally.

    - All of the photoes which had been saved before the hard drive crashed are retreivable thanks to the newly developed software.

    3. Versatile: capable of fdoing many things
    Jay is versatile because he is getting all A for his classes, praised from his mananger at his part-time job, and volunteering to work at his friend's car repair shop.

    Does it have the same meaning as:

    Jay is a great multitaskers because he is getting all A for his classes, praised from his mananger at his part-time job, and volunteering to work at his friend's car repair shop.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Ostentatious, retrievable, and versatile

    Anybody?

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    Default Re: Ostentatious, retrievable, and versatile

    [QUOTE=kiwi man;773673]Hello there,

    Please help me understand if I know the usage of these words correctly.

    1. Ostentatious: showy.
    - Those who like wearing clothes which subtly shows show the brand such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Abercrombie and Fitch are ostentatous.

    1) I would say that if the clothes only subtly show the designer name, then those people would be less ostentatious than those who have the brand name emblazoned all over their clothing.

    2) We don't often refer to people as ostentatious - usually things. "The gold crockery and cutlery laid out on the dining room table was very ostentatious." "The 27-bedroom mansion she lives in is very ostentatious."


    2. Retrievable: regain
    - The lost luggage may not be easily retreivable especially ones that got lost internationally.

    I would say here "...may not be easily retrieved..." and for the whole sentence "Lost luggage may not be easily retrieved, especially if lost during international transit."

    - All of the photoes which had been saved before the hard drive crashed are retreivable thanks to the newly developed software.

    This is a good sentence.

    3. Versatile: capable of fdoing many things
    Jay is versatile because he is getting all A for his classes, praised from his mananger at his part-time job, and volunteering to work at his friend's car repair shop.

    Does it have the same meaning as:

    Jay is a great multitaskers because he is getting all A for his classes, praised from his mananger at his part-time job, and volunteering to work at his friend's car repair shop.

    Yes, but there are several points here:

    1) Spelling of manager.
    2) "praise" not "praised"
    3) a great multitasker (singular) - also "multitasker" isn't a commonly used word.

    I would say: "Jay is very versatile - he's getting an A in all his classes, receiving praise from the manager at his part-time job and is also doing unpaid work at his friend's car repair shop."


    Thank you.[/QUOTE]

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